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Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature | Margaret Atwood
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Margaret Atwood's witty and informative book focuses on the imaginative mystique of the wilderness of the Canadian North. She discusses the 'Grey Owl Syndrome' of white writers going native; the folklore arising from the mysterious-- and disastrous -- Franklin expedition of the nineteenth century; the myth of the dreaded snow monster, the Wendigo; the relations between nature writing and new forms of Gothic; and how a fresh generation of women writers in Canada have adapted the imagery of the Canadian North for the exploration of contemporary themes of gender, the family and sexuality. Writers discussed include Robert Service, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, E.J. Pratt, Marian Engel, Margaret Laurence, and Gwendolyn MacEwan. This superbly written and compelling portrait of the mysterious North is at once a fascinating insight into the Canadian imagination, and an exciting new work from an outstanding literary presence.
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July 2019: 18 books read.
Fave book of the month: Strange Things, by Margaret Atwood. Honourable mention for Typeset in the Future, by Dave Addey.

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These lectures were invigorating and intellectually energizing. I liked Atwood's introduction where she explained the context of the lectures and how she wore thematically appropriate earrings for each one 😆 And even though these lectures were given in 1991, they are still relevant today.